Now that we are well into November things calm down a bit just in time for Veterans Day.
We had an amazing Veterans Day weekend. *A little Bologna family history: Seventeen years ago my sweet husband asked me to be his wife on Veterans Day in a little sushi restaurant. The same restaurant where we had our first date which happened to be the first time either of us had ever tried sushi. Daring, adventurous, fun, delightful. I’ll spare you the details – but marrying my best guy friend was an easy ‘Yes’. We immediately told family then made apple pie together. A super way to celebrate if I do say so myself.
No matter what we do, no matter where we are, Veterans Day is always a happy day.
This year Ben’s family flew in for a visit. These people are massively in love with our children; affirming, funny and inspirational to us. They are solid great people. Time with Grandparents like these is always a good thing.
|View from the deck of the Midway|
Right after the Grandparents arrived we toured the Midway which is amazing and huge. You can easily spend all day experiencing everything. Wear comfortable shoes, take the tour and fill your brain full of history and tradition. If you have any questions, no worries, there are plenty of veterans who volunteer and would love to give a perspective beyond the general presentation. In these people lies a wealth of knowledge and humor. History comes alive when they speak it. Very transformative. Plus they love kids. My children passed the Midway test and were sworn in as USS Midway Museum Junior Pilots. I left having gained a whole new understanding of our history and the people who lived it.
The next day we went to the Birch Aquarium. Still another place a family could easily spend the entire day. There are areas for kids to explore and learn about ocean currents, how power is produced, sea life and ocean health. Everyone enjoyed the tide pool area where people could touch the sea animals. The paddock that looked out onto the beach was lovely. There was a dive team show that is beamed over to the local children’s hospital where the audience can ask questions and observe feeding patterns of various species of fish. Throughout there was a conservation message and reminder of individual responsibility to keep our waterways clean and healthy. Examples such as a side by side comparison of how very similar jellyfish and garbage bags appear in the oceans current had a strong impact. (I’m not a fish but even I thought it was pretty darned close.) To top it all off there were baby seahorses!
Because we had worn ourselves out and needed down time we spent the third day playing board games, going on an easy paced walk with our very old dog, drawing pictures and playing in the back yard. To round out the evening we fired up our new BBQ and watched two really good movies.
Monday, Veterans Day itself was the day our family headed back home. Because time with Grandparents was short, we chatted over a leisurely brunch then headed to La Jolla Shores. It was ideal because of the playground, benches and plenty of people watching. No need to get sandy an hour before hopping on the plane. I also like this beach because it was the location of the CCFA Take Steps walk earlier in the year. It was nice to see the area Au Natural.
|Take Steps San Diego 2013|
|Many people, one voice. Taking Steps and Being Heard.|